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What is Dell Display Manager

Summary: Learn about the features of Dell Display Manager (DDM) software. Learn how to install DDM for Dell monitors, and manage your display needs such as resolution, brightness, Snap-inSee more

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Dell Display Manager (DDM) enhances everyday productivity through comprehensive management tools giving you optimal front of screen experience, efficient display management, and easy, effortless multitasking.

NOTE: Dell Display Manager is a software for Dell monitors and is not applicable for laptops.

Table of contents:

  1. How to download Dell Display Manager (DDM)
  2. Connecting your monitor
  3. Dell Display Manager features
  4. Dell Displays (Monitor) Models supported by Dell Display Manager
  5. Frequently asked questions

How to download Dell Display Manager

See the list of Dell monitors that support Dell Display Manager. If your monitor is supported by both DDM 1.x and DDM 2.0, then it is recommended to download and use Dell Display Manager 2.0.

In a multimonitor setup both DDM 1.x and DDM 2.0 can be installed on a computer simultaneously. However, it is highly recommended to uninstall Dell Display Manager 1.x and use only Dell Display Manager 2.0 if all your monitors are supported by Dell Display Manager 2.0.

To download and install Dell Display Manager for your Dell monitor:

  1. Browse to Dell Drivers & Downloads.
  2. Identify your Dell monitor.
    1. Enter the Service Tag or Model Number of the Dell monitor and click Search.
    2. Alternatively, click Browse all products to manually select the Dell monitor from the catalog.
  3. Select the operating system that is installed on the computer.
  4. Click the Download button next to Dell Display Manager.

    See the list of Dell monitors that support Dell Display Manager to find the supported version of Dell Display Manager.

  5. Using File Explorer (also known as Windows Explorer), browse to the location where the downloaded file is saved.
  6. Double-click the .exe driver installation file that you downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.
  7. After the installation is complete, restart the computer.


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Connecting your monitor

Connect your monitor to your computer as described in your monitor's user guide.

Illustration for connecting monitor to desktop computer
Figure 1: Connecting your monitor to a desktop

Illustration for connecting monitor to laptop
Figure 2: Connecting your monitor to a laptop

NOTE: The connectivity diagrams are for illustrative purposes only. See the monitor user guide for the complete information.

Launching Dell Display Manager

Before launching Dell Display Manager, go to Others in your monitor's On-Screen Display menu and ensure that the DDC/CI feature is enabled.

Image shows how to enable DDC/CI in OSD menu of Dell Monitor before using DDM2.0
Figure 3: Enabling DDC/CI in OSD menu of Dell Monitor before using DDM2.0


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Dell Display Manager features

Dell Display Manager 2.0 features

This section contains brief information about the features of DDM 2.0. For complete list of features and more details, see DDM 2.0 user guide at Dell Display Manager 2.0 Documentation.

NOTE: Some features may not be applicable to your monitor model. See your monitor user guide for information about the features that are available.

Easy Arrange

The Easy Arrange menu simplifies the applications window organization on the monitor. To use it:

  • Select any of the predefined layouts to virtually divide the screen into multiple zones.
  • Drag the application to your selected zone to position the application in the zone. The application snaps to the selected zone.

Easy Arrange Layout
Figure 4: Easy Arrange Layout

Easy Arrange Settings to set personal preference
Figure 5: Easy Arrange Settings to set personal preference


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Application Windows Snap

Application Windows Snap helps you with placing a program quickly to any screen. When enabled in Dell Display Manager 2.0, dragging the application window triggers a floating menu that contains recently-used Easy Arrange layouts. You can drop the application to any one of the listed layouts to perform window placement.

Enabling Application Windows Snap from DDM icon on status bar
Figure 6: Enabling or disabling application Windows Snap from DDM icon on status bar

NOTE: You may turn Windows Snap feature off when you want to use Span across multiple monitors.


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Gaming settings

You can configure the Gaming menu that is available only on Alienware and Dell Gaming monitors. For more information, see DDM 2.0 User guide.

Gaming menu - General settings
Figure 7: Gaming menu - General settings

Gaming menu - Vision Engine settings
Figure 8: Gaming menu - Vision Engine settings

NOTE: Vision Engine is available on select Dell Gaming monitors only.


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KVM

This feature allows sharing of keyboard and mouse between multiple computers. You can set up the KVM easily with USB KVM wizard.

The KVM feature is available when connected monitors support KVM functionality. DDM 2.0 communicates with your monitor even when the monitor is displaying video from another computer.

USB KVM Settings
Figure 9: USB KVM Settings

For information about how to setup KVM, see Setting up the KVM section of user guide available at Dell Display Manager 2.0 | Manuals and Documents.


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Firmware and software updates

With DDM 2.0, you can get automatic notification for new updates on monitor firmware and software.

DDM2.0 Firmware and software updates
Figure 10: Firmware and software updates


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Color Management

DDM 2.0 allows you to sync the color space of the monitor with associated International Color Consortium (ICC) profile.

DDM 2.0 Color Management
Figure 11: Color Management


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Remote Management and Control (for IT managers only)

DDM 2.0 comes with CLI commands for querying asset inventory logs and to set basic monitor settings. CLI commands are restricted for IT managers only. Contact Dell sales representative for more information.

 


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NOTE: For complete list of supported features and functionality, see the DDM 2.0 User guide at Dell Product Documentation for your Dell monitor.

 


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Dell Display Manager (1.x) features

Accessing Dell Display Manager (DDM) features and the most recent Easy Arrange layouts is easier than ever. Simply enter preset hotkeys to bring up Dell Display Manager (DDM) UI at the touch of the keyboard. Also, switch easily between your favorite Easy Arrange layouts and templates.

Table 1: Hotkeys for Dell Display Manager
Function Hot Keys
Quick Key to enable Dell Display Manager (DDM) UI Ctrl + Shift + D
(customizable by the user)
Toggle between Easy Arrange layouts. Page Up or Page Down
or
Click the > icon to move across layouts.
Accessing five most recently used layouts Ctrl + Shift + Home
(customizable by the user)

A more intuitive way to configure monitor settings. Simply drag and drop the Dell Display Manager UI menu from one monitor to another. Allows users to control and change monitor settings easily in a multimonitor configuration.

Configure settings screen of Dell Display Manager
Figure 12: Configure settings screen of Dell Display Manager

More customization options to view data based on individual preferences. Users can now customize up to 48 max zones easily and assign them accordingly.

Zone customization screen in Dell Display Manager
Figure 13: Zone customization screen in Dell Display Manager

Name your screen layout in Dell Display Manager
Figure 14: Name your screen layout in Dell Display Manager

Name pop-up box
Figure 15: Rename custom layout box

Viewing and using Dell Display Manager (DDM) in portrait mode is now possible. Dell Display Manager (DDM) Easy Arrange templates automatically switch to portrait mode when monitor orientation is pivoted vertically.

Portrait mode screen in Dell Display Manager
Figure 16: Portrait mode screen in Dell Display Manager

KVM Wizard to simplify the KVM setup. Follow step-by-step pop-up windows guide at the click of the KVM Wizard icon on the Dell Display Manager (DDM) user interface. (available on select Dell monitors with KVM capability only.)

Input manager in Dell Display Manager
Figure 17: Input manager in Dell Display Manage

Remote Management and Control (for IT managers only)

  • IT managers can issue specific instructions using command lines to Dell Display Manager (DDM) to perform tasks within specific times to individual monitor or an entire fleet
  • Remote Control capabilities (includes Power on/off, restoring factory defaults, changing monitor front of screen settings, optimal resolution, display modes, disabling OSD menu access, input switching).
  • Asset Management capabilities (includes monitor asset inventory monitoring, generating diagnostic reports on usage hours).


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Dell Display Manager Demo

NOTE: Some features are based on the specific Dell monitor capability.

Dell Display Manager 1.x

Duration: 06:45
Closed captions: English only


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More ways to multitask

Up to 38 layouts: With Dell Display Manager’s Easy Arrange, you can organize multiple applications on your screen and snap them into a template of your choice, making multitasking easy and effortless.

Recently used templates in Dell Display Manager
Figure 18: Recently used templates in Dell Display Manager

Easy arrange can also be used to personalize with dual monitors side by side or expand desktop space by spanning across two monitors.

Dual monitors in Dell Display Manager
Figure 19: Dual monitors in Dell Display Manager

Arrange dual monitor view in Dell Display Manager
Figure 20: Arrange dual monitor view in Dell Display Manager

Seamless transitions: Rapidly restore previous application windows when reconnecting with Auto-restore, a feature that remembers where you left off.

Restore icon in the system tray
Figure 21: Restore icon in the system tray

Auto restore window layout in the system tray menu
Figure 22: Auto restore window layout in the system tray menu

Input Manager:

  • Enables easy switching across multiple inputs
  • User can assign names to each input and define a shortcut key for quick and easy access to multiple connected devices - useful for programmers and gamers.

Using multiple inputs in Dell Display Manager
Figure 23: Using multiple inputs in Dell Display Manager


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Optimal front of screen experience

Create your best work: Adjust brightness, contrast, and resolution directly through the software for an optimal front of screen experience.

Optimal screen resolution in Dell Display Manager
Figure 24: Optimal screen resolution in Dell Display Manager

Easily optimize your view: Automode easily configures to your preset display settings as you multitask.

Preset setting by application in Dell Display Manager
Figure 25: Preset setting by application in Dell Display Manager


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Efficient manageability

Asset Report Creation: Allows IT manager to save and document monitor asset information.

Asset report creation
Figure 26: Asset report creation

To generate a monitor asset report:

  1. Hold the Shift key and right-click the Dell Display Manager icon in the Taskbar.
  2. Select Save monitor asset report and save the MIF file.
  3. After saving the file, you can open it using the Notepad app.

For example, the log from a C2722DE included the following information:
Name = "ModelName" - "Dell C2722DE"
Name = "SerialNumber" - "Service Tag-xxxxxxxxxx"
Name = "UsageTime" - Value = "xxx hours"
Name = "OptimalResolution" - Value = "2560x1440 at 60 Hz"

PowerNap: Manage energy consumption using power management settings.


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Dell Displays (Monitor) Models supported by Dell Display Manager

Dell Displays (Monitor) Models supported by Dell Display Manager (Windows Operating System)

Dell Display Manager 2.0 requires Windows 11 or Windows 10 build 17763 or newer.

Table 2: DDM 2.0 and DDM 1.x Display model compatibility list
Model Supports DDM 2.0 Supports DDM 1.x Only
Alienware
Monitors
AW2521HF
AW2521HFA
AW2521HFL
AW2521HFLA
AW2523HF
AW2720HF
AW2720HFA
AW2723DF
AW5520QF
AW2518HF
Dell Gaming
Monitor
G2422HS
G2722HS
G2723H
G2723HN
G3223D
G3223Q
 
Dell C Series
Displays
C2422HE
C2423H
C2722DE
C2723H
C3422WE
C5519Q
C5519QA
C5522QT
C6522QT
C7520QT
C8621QT
C5517H
C5518QT
C7016H
C7017T
C8618QT
Dell SE Series
Displays
SE2219H
SE2219HX
SE2222H
SE2222HV
SE2419H
SE2419HR
SE2419HX
SE2422H
SE2422HM
SE2422HR
SE2422HX
SE2423DS
SE2719H
SE2719HR
SE2722H
SE2722HR
SE2722HX
SE2723DS
SE3223Q
SE1918HV
SE2018HL
SE2018HR
SE2018HV
SE2216H
SE2216HM
SE2216HV
SE2218HL
SE2218HV
SE2416H
SE2416HM
SE2416HX
SE2417GR
SE2417HG
SE2417HGR
SE2417HGX
SE2716H
SE2717H
SE2717HR
SE3218H
SP2318H
SP2418H
Dell P Series
Displays
P1917S
P2219H
P2219HC
P2222H
P2223HC
P2319H
P2418HT
P2419H
P2419HC
P2421
P2421D
P2421DC
P2422H
P2422HE
P2423
P2423D
P2423DE
P2719H
P2719HC
P2720D
P2720DC
P2721Q
P2722H
P2722HE
P2723D
P2723DE
P2723QE
P3221D
P3222QE
P3223DE
P3223QE
P3421W
P1913
P1913B
P1914S
P1917SWH
P2014H
P2016
P2017H
P2018H
P2213F
P2214H
P2217
P2217H
P2217WH
P2314H
P2314T
P2317H
P2317HWH
P2414H
P2415Q
P2416D
P2417H
P2418D
P2418HZ
P2418HZM
P2714T
P2715Q
P2717H
P2815Q
P3418HW
P4317Q
Dell S Series
Displays
S2319H
S2319HN
S2319HS
S2319NX
S2419H
S2419HGF
S2419HM
S2419HN
S2419NX
S2421H
S2421HGF
S2421HN
S2421HS
S2421HSX
S2421NX
S2422HG
S2422HZ
S2522HG
S2719DC
S2719DGF
S2719DM
S2719H
S2719HN
S2719HS
S2719NX
S2721D
S2721DGF
S2721DGFA
S2721DS
S2721H
S2721HGF
S2721HN
S2721HS
S2721HSX
S2721NX
S2721Q
S2721QS/S2721QSA
S2722DC
S2722DGM
S2722DZ
S2722QC
S2723HC
S3219D
S3220DGF
S3221QS/S3221QSA
S3222DGM
S3222HG
S3222HN
S3222HS
S3422DW
S3422DWG
S3423DWC
S2216H
S2216M
S2218H
S2218M
S2316H
S2316M
S2317HJ
S2317HWI
S2318H
S2318HN
S2318HX
S2318M
S2318NX
S2415H
S2418H
S2418HN
S2418HX
S2418NX
S2715H
S2718D
S2718H
S2718HN
S2718HN
S2718HX
S2817Q
Dell E Series
Displays
E1715S
E1916HV
E1920H
E2016HV
E2020H
E2219HN
E2220H
E2221HN
E2222H
E2222HS
E2223HN
E2223HV
E2420H
E2420HS
E2421HN
E2422H
E2422HN
E2422HS
E2423H
E2423HN
E2720H
E2720HS
E2722H
E2722HS
E2723H
E2723HN
E1713S
E1913
E1913S
E1914H
E1916H
E1916HE
E1916HL
E1916HM
E2013H
E2014H
E2014T
E2015HV
E2016
E2016H
E2016HL
E2016HM
E2213
E2213H
E2214H
E2214HV
E2215HV
E2216H
E2216HV
E2218HN
E2313H
E2314H
E2318H
E2318HN
E2318HR
E2318HX
E2416H
E2417H
E2418HN
E2715H
E2715HM
E5515H
Dell UltraSharp (U)
Series Displays
U2419H
U2419HC
U2419HS
U2419HX
U2421E
U2421HE
U2422H
U2422HE
U2422HX
U2520D
U2520DR
U2719D
U2719DC
U2719DS
U2719DX
U2720Q
U2720QM
U2721DE
U2722D
U2722DE
U2722DX
U2723QE
U2723QX
U3023E
U3219Q
U3223QE
U3223QZ
U3419W
U3421WE
U3423WE
U3821DW
U4021QW
U4320Q
U4323QE
U4919DW
U2412M
U2413
U2414H
U2415
U2417H
U2417HA
U2417HJ
U2417HWI
U2515H
U2518D
U2518DA
U2713H
U2713HM
U2715H
U2717D
U2717DA
U2718Q
U2718QM
U2913WM
U2917W
U3014
U3415W
U3417W
U3818DW
UZ2215H
UZ2315H
UZ2715H
Dell Ultrasharp Premier Color (UP)
Series Displays
UP2720Q/UP2720QA
UP3218K/UP3218KA
UP3221Q
UP2414Q
UP2516D
UP2715K
UP2716D
UP2716DA
UP2718Q
UP3017
UP3017A
UP3017Q
UP3214Q
UP3216Q


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Dell Displays (Monitor) Models supported by Dell Display and Peripheral Manager (For macOS)

MacOS users are supported through Dell Display and Peripheral Manager for select models. For more information, see Dell Display and Peripheral Manager for macOS.


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Cause

 

Resolution

Frequently asked questions

DDM 2.0 works with Microsoft Windows Operating System (Windows 11, and Windows 10 build 17763 and above).
DDM 1.x works with Microsoft Windows Operating System (Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or 8, Windows 7).

For macOS, download Dell Display and Peripheral Manager. For more information, see Dell Display and Peripheral Manager for macOS.

Dell Display and Peripheral Manager are supported on MacBook Pro, Mac Book Air and Mac Mini (2018 onwards), and Mac Pro (2019 onwards). Dell Display and Peripheral Manager are not supported on iMac. Supported macOS versions are 10.14, 10.15, 11, and 12.

 

Dell Display Manager (DDM) works only with select Dell monitors. See list below for details.

 

No. Both DDM 1.x and 2.0 are same across all models. However, features that are offered may vary from model to model.

 

Yes. It can support up to 16 monitors (some high-end graphics cards can support up to four external monitors, with four such cards, Dell Display Manager (DDM) can support up to 16 monitors).

 

Yes, your Dell displays need to be updated to the latest firmware version to work with Dell Display and Peripheral Manager (DDPM) for Mac. To update display firmware:

  1. Browse to Dell Driver and Downloads.
  2. Identify your Dell monitor.
    1. Enter the Service Tag or Model Number of the Dell monitor and click Search.
    2. Alternatively, click Browse all products to manually select the Dell monitor from the catalog.
  3. Select the Operating System as Apple macOS (as shown in Figure 24 [English Only]) and Download the firmware package.
  4. Connect the USB-C or Thunderbolt cable to your monitor, run the firmware package, and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the firmware update for your monitor.

Selecting your Apple OS in the dropdown on the Dell.com/support/drivers website
Figure 27: Selecting your Apple OS in the dropdown on the Dell Drivers page

NOTE: Firmware update may take several minutes to complete. Disable sleep mode on your Mac when updating your monitor firmware.
 

Dell Display Manager (DDM) is not supported or tested on VDI Desktop.

 

Dell Display Manager (DDM) is compatible with all graphics cards from major graphics card vendors such as NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel.

  • Enables easy switching across multiple inputs.
  • Users can assign names to each input and define a shortcut key for quick and easy access to multiple connected devices - useful for programmers and games.
 

See Microsoft Knowledge Base article Uninstall or remove apps and programs in WindowsExternal Link for information about how to uninstall programs.

NOTE: The program is listed as Dell Display Manager.
 

No, you can have different Dell Display Manager versions running on the computers. However, Dell highly recommends running the latest version of Dell Display Manager so that you get up-to-date fixes, enhancements, and new device enablement.

 

No, there are various settings in Dell Display Manager that you can configure. It does not need to be the same settings, and it is up to you which settings to use.

NOTE: For an easy arrange layout, you can select the layout that most suitable for each of the input sources to improve their productivity. For hotkey and other settings, it might be easier to keep the settings the same so that you can manage both input sources in a consistent manner.
 

Using accent keys such as â, ê, î, ô, and û may result in ^^a, ^^e, ^^i, ^^o, and ^^u instead.
This issue has been fixed. Download and install the latest DDM version (Ver 2.0.0.135 or newer).

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Affected Product

Alienware and Dell Gaming Monitors, C Series, E Series, P Series, S Series, SE Series, UltraSharp Premier (UP) Series, UltraSharp (U) Series, Dell Display Manager 2.0, Dell Webcam WB7022

Last Published Date

27 oct. 2022

Version

34

Article Type

Solution